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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-19-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ARLEN DAU, center, of Cumberland, puts the full- court press on to try and sell an old pulpit to KATHY, left, and STEVE BONNER, right, of Cumberland, at the Four Corners Community Chapel yard sale last Saturday. See more photos on page 23. Ex-Chief Finlay receives $65,000 severance CUMBERLAND – Departed Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay received a $65,840 payout under a sever- ance agreement and release final- ized on Aug. 26, according to the document provided to The Valley Breeze through a request under the Access to Public Records Act. The severance agreement with Cumberland Fire District lists pay- ment of: • $35,387 for unused sick time; • $7,468 for unused vacation time; • And $22,985 for 12 weeks of severance salary compensation. The payments were based on a 2016 employment agreement between Finlay and the district, states the document. The agreement says Finlay was placed on leave July 22 pending a determination of his continued employment, and that he decided to retire on Aug. 24. The Breeze previously reported that there were two investigations related to the chief while he was out on paid leave. Fire Board Chairwoman Cindy Ouellette on Tuesday characterized those less as By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See SEVERANCE, Page 13 School officials considering how to ditch Durham busing Company blames troubles on driver shortage CUMBERLAND – The town still has two years left on its busing con- tract with Durham School Services, but school officials are now preparing to move on from the embattled com- pany when their troubled partnership is up. A representative for the company is blaming its problems on an ongo- ing driver shortage, saying that Durham values its relationship with Cumberland. School Committee Chairman Paul DiModica said Tuesday that school board members have asked Supt. Robert Mitchell to check with other districts in northern Rhode Island to see if they're interested in joining up on a larger busing con- tract. A more sizable contract could bring a company in from out of state, By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See DURHAM, Page 20 MITCHELL LINCOLN – While residents in the village of Albion recently cel- ebrated the reopening of the Albion Bridges on School Street, they're still lamenting the loss of their local post office. A fire destroyed the post office at the corner of School and Main Azar fighting to reopen Albion Post Office By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer See POST OFFICE, Page 29 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 19-25, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE NEW CONSTRUCTION 80 Cedar Forest Road, Smithfield: This brand new construction, high quality home has everything you're looking for. Located on a beautiful cul-de-sac backing up to woods make for a peaceful setting. Designed for today's living, this home features a large, open floor plan with beautiful detailing. The chef's kitchen boasts high-end appliances and quartz counter-tops. The second floor includes a huge master suite, a large laundry room, 3 additional bedrooms and another gorgeous bath. Call today for your private showing! $674,900 Please respond to confirm receipt of this proof. Carefully review the ad and respond ASAP with any changes/corrections, such as address, tel. number, etc. While we make every effort to insure the accuracy of your ad, the Bellingham Bulletin will not be held responsible for errors in an ad that has been reviewed by the customer. Changes in ad concept (not corrections) after proof cycle may be subject to additional charges. EMAIL changes to or; or CALL the Bulletin at 508-883-3252, or Cyndy at 508-529-4437. P U B L I S H E D B Y T E C H P R O P U B L I C A T I O N S 36 Rakeville Circle • Bellingham, MA 02019 • Tel/Fax: 508-883-3253 • BULLETIN Bellingham A D P R O O F 9 Hole Championship Course Par 36 $ 30 WEEKDAYS • Mon-Thur WEEKENDS • Fri-Sun $ 25 18 HOLES 9 HOLES $ 44 $ 31 18 HOLES 9 HOLES 30 Locust Street Bellingham•508-883-1600 FALL RATES Effective 9/16/19 – CART EXTRA Please support our October Breast Cancer Campaign Help make a difference by purchasing our "Pink Products" INSIDE Celebrating all things autumn INSIDE Celebrating all things autumn Autumn in the Valley n ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Featuring... — Professional pumpkin carver shares secrets — Classic or complex - candy apple season is here — Tour haunted places and vampire spaces — Get helpful tips on everything from fashion to photos — Read up on fun local fall events Courtesy of your friends at

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